Scioscia confident Wood ready for shot

Scioscia confident Wood ready for shot

ANAHEIM -- Finally getting a chance to prove he can be an everyday third baseman in the Major Leagues, Brandon Wood finished the spring batting .278 with a .431 slugging percentage and .361 on-base mark, making only one error in 27 games.

"I don't think we're going to evaluate his spring statistically," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Absolutely there's growth with Woody from where he was two years ago to where he is now, from what his potential says he can do. I think he's ready for the opportunity. He's playing terrific defense."

Asked about Wood's plate discipline, Scioscia said: "I think he's made a lot of strides in that area. His walk/strikeout ratio has improved the last few years. This guy's got lightning hands. He can hit it out in any part of the ballpark."

Wood said he'd try to take deep breaths in his first Opening Day assignment and not try to go beyond himself.

"All these guys in this clubhouse have done it," he said. "I'll just relax and try to do whatever I can to help us win. If I don't get any hits, I'll try to take one or two away. The guys have always been great to me. They were excited whenever I got called up, and they haven't changed at all. A guy like Torii [Hunter], he's a true leader who makes you feel good whether you're going good or bad."